A lot of people seem to feel that bloggers lead double lives, one real, and one online that makes us seem infinitely more interesting. Sure, some bloggers use pen names and sometimes even create alter-egos online. And that’s fine. Artists have been doing this for centuries. And yes, blogging is an art.
Whether bloggers use their real names or not, bloggers are real people. It’s easy sometimes to forget most bloggers are starving artists who are just looking for new ways to connect with people through the things they love.
Yes, blogging is often seen as a “get rich quick” appeal. But for most of us, no, that’s not it at all. It’s a creative outlet, often a necessary stress reliever, and a way to say things we may not find ourselves able to say in everyday conversation.
And for those of us who aren’t social in so-called “real life,” some of us really need blogging to network. But the networking in blogging is no less real or fake that in “real life.” Some people are genuine, and many others are just looking out for themselves. That’s no different than any “real life” social gathering.
Even in “real life,” we have facades. Sure, online it’s often more for safety purposes. But so is the case in real life. There are other reasons, too, that I won’t get into here because they deserve their own treatments. But really, online people are often allowed to express themselves more freely. The blogosphere is so vast now that you can always find someone new to connect with.
Really, blogging allows you to social network in ways that Facebook, Twitter, and so on can only begin to allow you to do. Blogging gives you a home base, so to speak, to build your own personal social network. You can do this in real life, too, with clubs and such. The only difference online is that the people you’re connecting with can be a world away.
Bloggers are people, too, and blogging is “real life,” too!
~ Phoenix <3